Facilities: Stadium & Arena
- Astrodome Gets New Lease on Life
by Mike Vaccaro February 2017
They keep trying to make the Astrodome disappear, actually. They built Minute Maid Park for the Astros (which really IS downtown) and NRG Stadium for the Texans (and for Super Bowls, and for Final Fours). In 2013, voters rejected a bond issue that would've devoted over $200 million toward making the old dome a convention center. The Dome seemed doomed. And yet here it is, here it stays.
- Council Supports $22M HS Stadium Construction
by Imran Ghori February 2017
Moreno Valley city officials pledged their support Tuesday for a football stadium at Canyon Springs High School, in what they called a new spirit of cooperation with the school district.
- Despite Hurdles, Vegas Remains Raiders' Prime Option
by Tom Pelissero February 2017
Listen carefully to what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday about the involvement of a casino in owning part of a team or a stadium, and recent bumps on the Oakland Raiders' road to Las Vegas start to make more sense. "We recognize gambling occurs out in the marketplace, (but) we have rules that are in place," Goodell said at his annual Super Bowl media conference. "The Raiders have not asked us to compromise those rules as it relates to our policies. We will continue to have that separation going forward. I don't see an ownership position in a team from a casino."
- MLS All-Star Game May Spark Chicago's Soccer Interest
by Orrin Schwarz February 2017
Major League Soccer announced Tuesday at Soldier Field that it is taking the first step toward making Chicago a soccer town again. Of course, commissioner Don Garber didn't exactly say it that way when he announced that the MLS All-Star Game will be played Aug. 2 at Soldier Field with the Chicago Fire as host.
- Mayor Hopes Baseball Complex Will Attract Tourism
by Marie C. Baca February 2017
The city of Albuquerque broke ground Tuesday on an $17.8 million baseball complex officials say will attract tourists and other economic development opportunities. The Albuquerque Baseball Complex, to be located on the West Side near Interstate 40 and 98th Street, will contain five synthetic turf baseball fields and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The project's contractor is Bradbury Stamm, and the architects are Consensus Planning and G. Donald Dudley Architects.
- Rift Widens Between Islanders, Barclays Center
by Brett Cyrgalis February 2017
It is not news to anyone who has been around the Islanders during their tenuous first year and a half as residents of Barclays Center that landlord and tenant aren't exactly best of friends. What has become clear over the past few days is that their rift is growing deeper. As reported Monday, Barclays Center put together a proposal for prospective investors with projections of revenues for years to come, and starting in 2019, that report didn't include the Islanders.
- Spring Training Park Costs Rise to $150M
by Joe Capozzi February 2017
The final construction tab for The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the new spring training home of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, could go as high as $153 million, an Astros official said.
- Goldman Sachs Follows Sands out of Raiders Deal
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
On Monday, billionaire owner of the Sands hotel and casino in Las Vegas Sheldon Adelson, rescinded his promise of a $650 million contribution to the Oakland Raiders new stadium deal.
- NY Islanders Could Return to Nassau Coliseum
by Robert Brodsky, Jim Baumbach January 2017
Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said he has met with New York Islanders owner Jonathan Ledecky to discuss the team's possible return to its former home at Nassau Coliseum. Mangano said he requested the Nov. 17 meeting with Ledecky, who co-owns the team with Scott Malkin, to discuss a path for the team to return to Nassau. Mangano said he also holds regular meetings with Barclays management. In a statement, Mangano said "there is a path for the Islanders to return to the new Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum where the best sight lines in NHL remain, improved attractive facilities for fans and athletes and room to add seats to accommodate the Islanders. While the decision remains with the Islanders we believe Long Island fans will make the Islanders successful in the new Coliseum."
- Houston Super Bowl Prep a Glimpse into Atlanta's Future
by Tim Tucker January 2017
Like 500 or so other employees of Arthur Blank's businesses, Scott Jenkins will be in NRG Stadium on Sunday cheering for the Atlanta Falcons against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. But Jenkins, general manager of the still-under-construction Mercedes-Benz Stadium, also will have another Super Bowl on his mind -- the one that will be played in Atlanta's new retractable-roof stadium in two years. As part of the preparation for the 2019 game, Jenkins and about a dozen others associated with the Metro Atlanta Host Committee long had planned to attend this season's Super Bowl at the NFL's invitation for an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at the enormous event. They just didn't know until recently that the Falcons would be there, too.